Frequently Asked Questions
Composite – Is a screening test and will give you an indication if there is any meth present and above the NZS 8510:2017
Individual test is needed when meth has been found in the composite screening test and is above the NZS8510 of 1.5µg or you have reason to believe contamination has occurred. Eg Police aid has found equipment or chemicals commonly used for the manufacture of meth.
Individual sampling on every room is required to find out what rooms are contaminated and at what levels each room is contaminated, what surfaces are contaminated. This helps the decontamination company to know what room and surfaces need decontamination.
It is very important to test after the tenant has moved out but before the next tenant moves in. A tenant can seek compensation if you can’t prove the property was clear of Meth prior to their arrival to the property.
This depends on what levels of meth are found in a property and who the other party is.
- Tell prospective purchasers of any level of meth present if known.
- Required to tell tenants if the levels excel the current NZS 8510
- Not required- unless imposed by the T&Cs of Insurance companies
Landlords must provide a clean property. Both landlords and tenants should check for any signs of ‘P’ at the property, before they rent a property.
Landlords must provide a clean property.
If landlords rent out a property that is contaminated by ‘P’, they are breaching their obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986, as well as other legislation such as the Building Act and the Health Act.
Living in a P contaminated house can be dangerous to the occupants, especially infants and children.
It has been reported that P remains in the rooms or houses for years after the use or manufacture of the drug.
Smoking P and cooking meth destroys the property to some extent. Furnishings such as curtains, carpets, and other household items and other possessions may become contaminated with the drug and thus should be discarded to protect the health of people living there.
P is a notorious drug and people who smoke it or manufacture it, potentially leave behind an invisible trap of the drug that can harm anyone who resides in the house for many years to come.
The common ingredients of meth —along with where they’re found and their associated dangers— include:
- Acetone is found in nail polish remover and paint thinner. It’s extremely flammable.
- Anhydrous Ammonia is found in fertilizer and some cleaners. Mixing it with other chemicals creates a toxic gas.
- Ephedrine/Pseudoephedrine is found in some cold medicines and diet pills. It can harm the respiratory system, nervous system, and heart in large quantities.
- Hydrochloic Acid is used to make plastic. It is so corrosive that it can remove rust from steel and is capable of eating away flesh.
- Lithium is found in batteries. It burns the skin, is highly explosive, and reacts violently with water.
- Red phosphorus is found on matchboxes, in road flares, and in other explosives. It is highly flammable.
- Toluene is found in brake fluid. It is so corrosive it can dissolve rubber.
- Sodium Hydroxide or lye is used to dissolve roadkill. It is corrosive and can also burn skin or cause blindness.
- Sulfuric Acid is found in drain cleaner or toilet cleaner. It is corrosive and can also burn the skin.
As you can see, every ingredient involved in making meth is dangerous to humans on its own. This means that both making and using meth is incredibly dangerous, to be avoided at all costs.
Crystal meth can kill you even after just one use, crystal meth can be deadly.
Some of meth’s dangerous effects that can contribute to fatal outcomes may include:
- Increased body temperature.
- Increased blood pressure.
- Increased heart rate.
- Irregular heart beats.
- Heart attack.
- Haemorrhage or vasospasm in the brain.
- Nervous system instability secondary to chronic catecholamine depletion.
- Air pressure changes in the lung, leading to pneumothorax, lung collapse or other problems.
Even if you’re healthy, you are still vulnerable to sudden death from methamphetamine use. Heart attacks or strokes may occur because of the massive spasms in the arterial walls caused by crystal meth use. You can also die from sudden extreme hyperthermia if your body temperature spikes uncontrollably.
Crystal meth can damage every system in your body. Common consequences from using crystal meth include:
- It may kill your sex drive.
- You increase your risk of getting sexually transmitted and blood borne diseases.
- You may get insomnia. Long-term use of crystal meth may ruin your ability to have healthy sleep habits.
- You may look terrible.
- Skin: Crystal meth can make you hallucinate, to the point where you think bugs are crawling under your skin.
- Teeth: Crystal meth is so corrosive that when you inhale it, the smoke damages everything it touches – from the inside of the mucosal linings of the mouth to the teeth. If you’re a crystal meth user, you’re very likely to have significant tooth decay and loss.
- Weight loss: Although you may be intrigued about being able to lose weight easily with crystal meth, don’t try it. It is true that crystal meth speeds up your metabolism and reduces hunger so you may be able to lose weight quickly, but it’s only a temporary weight loss.
- Your mental health may decline. Chronic use of crystal meth can cause confusion, moodiness, anxiety and even psychotic symptoms such as delusions, paranoia and hallucination.
- You increase your risk of heart disease. This cardiac risk is not even necessarily linked to longer durations of meth use. Sudden cardiac death is a risk even for first-timers.
- You increase your risk of early mortality. One study even showed that the five-year rate of all-cause mortality was 26 times higher than expected among women and 6 times higher than expected among men who abused methamphetamine.
Living in a P contaminated house can be dangerous to the health of people living in the house, especially infants and children.
It has been reported that P remains in the rooms or houses for years after the use or manufacture of the drug. Smoking P and cooking meth destroys the property to some extent. Furnishings such as curtains, carpets and other household items and other possessions may become contaminated with the drug and thus should be discarded to protect the health of people living there.
P is a very noxious drug and people who smoke it or manufacture it, potentially leave behind an invisible trap of the drug that can harm anyone who resides in the property for many years.